Battle of Cross Keys
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 79scouts
N 38° 21.202 W 078° 49.053
17S E 690700 N 4247277
Quick Description: This Civil War Trail marker is in poor shape. There is a brown discoloration on three of its edges.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2011 6:52:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMC5E5
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 3

Long Description:
The marker sits about 30 yards off of the road. It is in a grouping of three markers.

The text of the marker is as follows:

Battle of Cross Keys
Walker’s Flank Attack
— 1862 Valley Campaign —

After repulsing the initial Union attack, Confederate Gen. Isaac R. Trimble’s brigade heavily engaged two brigades of Union Gen. Louis Blenker’s division near here on June 8, 1862.

During the afternoon fighting, Col. James A. Walker’s demi-brigade consisting of the 13th and 25th Virginia infantry regiments reinforced Trimble. Walker marched his men along the Goods Mill Road on the Confederate rifght flank in an effort to move around the union forces facing Trimble. Walker’s first attempt to attack the Federal flank was disrupted when he marched into a forward movement by Trimble against Blenker.

Walker’s second attempt placed his regiments at a post and rail fence facing three Federal regiments and a New York artillery battery on rising ground. The fense provided little cover in the face of canister fire. Walker’s commander suffered 47 casualties before withdrawing to the cover of some woods.

A short time later, the Federal attack ended when the senior Union artillery commander, on this part of the field a captain, feared for the safety of his guns and ordered them withdrawn over the objections of a field-grade and general officers. The infantry regiments, lacking artillery support, were then forced to retreat. Caption: Col. James A. Walker ended the war as a brigadier general commanding the famous Stonewall Brigade.
Type of site: Battlefield

Goods Mills Road
Port Republic, VA USA

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